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Cleveland Guardians-Chicago White Sox game postponed due to COVID-19

Cleveland Guardians-Chicago White Sox game postponed due to COVID-19
Wednesday's game between the Cleveland Guardians and Chicago White Sox was postponed due to multiple positive COVID-19 tests within the Guardians organization. File Photo by Aaron Josefczyk/UPI | License Photo

May 11 (UPI) -- Wednesday's game between the Cleveland Guardians and Chicago White Sox has been postponed due to multiple positive COVID-19 test results within the Guardians organization.

The matchup between the clubs was postponed to allow for continued testing and contact tracing, according to the team. MLB is expected to provide a rescheduling update when it becomes available.

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Earlier Wednesday, it was announced that Guardians manager Terry Francona would be sidelined indefinitely after he tested positive for the coronavirus. The 63-year-old manager wasn't showing any symptoms.

Francona missed most of the past two seasons because of a variety of health problems.

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In addition to Francona, the team said bench coach DeMarlo Hale and a few other members of the Guardians' traveling party tested positive for COVID-19. Francona and Hale likely won't be with the club for its three-game series at Target Field in Minnesota this weekend.

Wednesday's Guardians-White Sox matchup was the first game postponed this season because of COVID-19 issues after Major League Baseball pushed back just nine of 2,429 games last season. During the pandemic-shortened 2020 campaign, 45 games out of 900 were postponed due to the virus.

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It remains possible that Cleveland could play in its next game Friday against the Minnesota Twins, but the Guardians likely would need to bring in coaches from their Minor League system.

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As of Wednesday evening, the Guardians planned to keep their rotation in order for this weekend. Aaron Civale -- who was supposed to pitch Wednesday -- is now set to start against the Twins on Friday, followed by Shane Bieber on Saturday and Triston McKenzie on Sunday.

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